The Green Bay Packers have placed El Paso native Aaron Jones on injured reserve. The move was announced Tuesday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst.
#Packers place RB Aaron Jones on injured reserve, sign WR Allen Lazard to the 53-man roster & sign two players to the practice squad.
Roster moves 📰: https://t.co/2CjMnhorDj pic.twitter.com/PydavU9sPd— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 18, 2018
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Jones is believed to have suffered a sprained MCL in the Packers’ Week 15 loss to the Chicago Bears this past Sunday.
Jones says the injury was to the same knee he hurt last year in Chicago.
“I just planted and some contact came in from the backside. He hit me and I just felt it. I called for a sub and that was that,” said Jones after the game. “It was very frustrating. You want to be out there with your guys in the biggest game of the season for us and I just felt like I left those guys out there.”
With the Packers officially eliminated from the playoffs, the team has seemingly decided to shut down Jones for the season and not risk further injury.
UTEP’s all-time leading rusher finishes the 2018 season with 728 rushing yards (5.5 yards per carry), 206 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. He is expected to be back to 100% for offseason workouts.